GARY Caldwell admits he would “love to keep” winger Yanic Wildschut for longer than his initial three-month loan period.
The 23-year-old Dutchman arrived at the DW Stadium from Middlesbrough in October, and has already made an impact on and off the field.
The players can see his quality and he’s fitted into the group really well so he is someone we’d love to keepGary Caldwell
And while Caldwell thinks there are still improvements to be made, the manager admits Wildschut’s inclusion has benefitted the squad.
“He’s has come into the club and provided a bit of a spark, the players can see his quality and he’s fitted into the group really well so he is someone we’d love to keep,” he said.
“My job and the coach’s job is to work with him and make him even better than he already has been.
“I think he can improve.”
Caldwell’s squad has been running smoothly of late, without a loss in nine games, but the manager hasn’t completely ruled-out more business in the loan market, which closes next month.
“It’s been good having a break from the amount of business that we’ve done in the summer and just turning my phone off and not having hundreds of calls every day,” he admitted.
“You never know in football, a call could come out of the blue and something can happen so we’ll wait and see.”
Tottenham striker Shaquile Coulthirst is another star whose loan period at the DW is running to a close, with the 20-year-old due back at White Hart Lane tomorrow.
His spell was marred by a nasty thigh injury just days into his time at Latics, but the youngster’s attitude has impressed Caldwell, who would like to extend his deal.
“I’m not sure, there’s been some calls between clubs,” revealed Caldwell.
“He’s someone I’d like to keep but there’s more conversations we have to have to make that happen. He’s a players I’ve been impressed with. His attitude and work rate to get back from an injury that was quite serious in terms of where it was and the muscle.”